Ibis Preston North
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... and Carrie apparently catch it back home!
With formalities all over in little more than one hour, we move to champagne and graduation cupcakes in the marquee and a lovely lunch in the cafe in an equally impressive 1800's former library.
And all too suddenly, there's a taxi to the airport waiting.
Greece, here we come!
Or so we thought.
Our MAN-LHR flight is delayed fifty minutes. The ...
Today seems to be a day of questions and decisions...
Blue sky or grey? (Both.)
Will it rain despite a forecast on my phone that says not? (It buckets down around 4pm.)
Why is yesterday's £3.50 bus ticket £4.10 today? (No idea!)
Lebara or Lyca for a SIM card for the iPad? (We find Lebara first.)
Will it work in Greece as promised? (Who knows...)
Ciabata or chicken pie for lunch? ...
... The final flight of an historic cold war supersonic British Vulcan bomber happened to occur during our lunch as the cherry on top.
Our exploration of the palace grounds was heightened by the presence of the illustrator for 'The Gruffalo' book series. We were able to act the role of the privileged 18th century aristocracy, playing ring toss and lawn bowling, wandering the gardens, all with Gruffalo inspired activities for the kids interest.
... in Liverpool, we decide to do a detour into Liverpool. Again, loads of rain but we are so pleased to have driven through Liverpool because we did get a real sense of the industrial powerhouse that it used to be. Massive and solid coroporate buildings, decaying seaports and signs of what was once a densely populated city left us with a feeling that we ...
THE DAY BEFORE
Need to find suitcase, Immodium, Diaralyte.....pack 12 pairs of shoes (just to compete with Megan)
Mrs Snape buying ribbon for suitcases. Selecting music for coach - yes I do have Frank Sinatra, Mozart, Take That for Mrs Green and Stone Roses for Mrs Shaw.